There are two main ways which you can support this inspirational journey.
Garry is funding this trip from money he has saved and kind donations from his friends and people he has met along the way. If you would like to help Garry with things such as camping fees, food and water please donate via GoFundMe. All money goes to Garry and will help him to complete this trip and change his life around.
The Big Issue Foundation has helped Garry over the last few years, and the reason that he has taken on this mamouth walk is to help increase awareness of the work they do to help homeless people and to raise as much money as he can to help them to carry on their great work. All donations via JustGiving go directly to the charity.
This is Garry’s third walking challenge, having twice completed the West Highlands Way and Great Glen Way, completing the 190 miles in just 8 days on the second occasion.
For 2018 Garry has set his sights on something much bigger. He will be walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats, an epic trek with a target time of 80 days. Garry’s route will be far from the easiest or most direct and the total distance will add up to a massive 1650 miles. He’ll be starting off on Tuesday 31st July and aiming to arrive around October 20th…or as soon as he can!
Garry’s route will take him along the South Cornish coast, up from Looe to Barnstaple and along the North side for a while. Then via Glastonbury to Bristol, Bath and along the Kennet and Avon canal to Reading and London. At this point he turns North in earnest, passing Cambridge, Peterborough and Nottingham, up into the Peak District before joining the Pennine Way. After completing this long-distance path – a challenging route on its own – he’ll make his way through the Scottish borders and onto the West Highland Way, a familiar section from previous years, taking him from near Glasgow to Fort William. Then up the Great Glen Way to Inverness, North West to Ullapool and finally hitting the farthest North coast at Cape Wrath and heading Eastwards from there to John O’Groats and a well-deserved rest!
Through The Big Issue Foundation Garry has engaged with the Rough Sleeper Team, got identification and re-accessed his bank account. With the help of our Service Brokers, he has also got a certificate in First Aid and worked in part time employment with the Bristol Post. He recently put his First Aid skills into practice by helping after a traffic accident in central Bristol, gaining the praise of emergency services for his assistance.
Garry say’s ‘It is clear to me homelessness is on the rise, the support The Big Issue Foundation has given me and many others is so important and I want to do something that helps people’.
Please dig deep and support Garry with his challenge!
Our vision is to end poverty and exclusion. The Big Issue Foundation is not funded by magazine sales and 98% of our work is funded through voluntary donations. It is only because of the generosity, commitment and belief from our supporters that we are able to do our work, which is to connect vendors with the specialist services and personal solutions that enable them to rebuild their lives.
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After losing his job as a foreman of construction sites in Aberdeenshire, Garry found himself sleeping rough and in need of an income- so he turned to the Big Issue. Alongside selling the Big Issue, the Big Issue Foundation worked with Garry to help him get a copy of his birth certificate in order to reactivate his bank account. With a safe place to store his income, Garry continued his hard work, becoming a qualified first aider and starting to make contacts in the construction industry again. His attitude and progress with sales even earnt him the opportunity to sell at Glastonbury!
In 2016, Garry decided to walk the West Highland Way and the Great Glen way to raise money for Help for Heroes, and loved the chance to get away on a long walk. Now he’s returned to the challenge, from Milngavie, just outside of Glasgow, all the way up to Inverness, this time raising money for The Big Issue Foundation! Armed with a pair of walking boots donated by Mountain Warehouse, Garry has raised an incredible £495 and says he wanted to “give something back for all the support they have given to me”. Now he’s back in Bristol, he’s planning his next adventure- possibly a sponsored walk from Dover to Lands End! You can check out his photos from his trek below.
We’re so appreciative of Garry’s fundraising efforts which will go towards helping more vendors like himself get the support they need.
If Garry inspires you to take on a challenge this year, head over to our events and see what you can do to raise money for The Big Issue Foundation this year!
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